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UCLA Basketball: MRI result for James Keefe

October 7, 2009 |  8:39 pm

James It's a case of mostly good news for UCLA forward James Keefe.

The MRI on  his injured left shoulder has come back negative. But instability in the joint will keep him in rehabilitation -- and off the court -- for four to six weeks.

That should put him back in action at roughly the same time the Bruins play their season opener against Cal State Fullerton at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 16.

"We are very relieved that the injury isn't going to be a long-term one," Coach Ben Howland said in a statement. "Everything looks to be intact and we are very happy for him and for the team."

Keefe, who sat out the first 12 games of the 2007-08 season because of a torn labrum in the same shoulder, is one of three seniors returning to a distinctly young UCLA team.

Last season, he averaged 3.0 points and 3.4 rebounds.

-- David Wharton

Photo: James Keefe. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times